ghanistanAfghanistan announced it has suspended talks with the U.S. over security. This comes just a day before officials from the United States plan to sit down with members of the Taliban for formal talks.
The office of Hamid Karzai the President of Afghanistan announced on Wednesday the suspension, but offered a very vague reason for why they did it.
The statement from the office of the President of Afghanistan said that due to the statements and acts of contradiction by the United States with regard to the current peace process, the negotiations have been suspended by the government of Afghanistan.
It was not clear if Karzai’s decision was linked to the meeting between the U.S. and the Taliban.
The first formal set of meetings between Washington and the Taliban will be on Thursday in Qatar, said a source who is close to the negotiations, but did not want to be named.
At the same time, the Taliban has said to reporters that they are interested in improving their relations with the rest of the world.
The announcement by the Afghan government came only a day after the NATO-led troops passed the security responsibility over to forces from Afghanistan
A bilateral agreement on security has been under negotiation with Washington and the Karzai government. The agreement would set up the terms for the U.S. to keep a troop presence past 2014 in the country. That is the day when it is expected all combat troops are out of Afghanistan.
While it seems Karzai would like to resume peace talks that have been stalled with members of the Taliban, a senior official from the U.S. said reconciliation would be complex, long and messy because of the lack of trust between the two.